The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce that Ira Flatow, award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Science Friday, will be awarded the 2012 Isaac Asimov Science Award at the AHA’s 71st Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Ira Flatow is best known as the host of National Public Radio’s popular Science Friday and past host of Newton’s Apple, a television science program for kids. Science Friday hosts a lively , informative discussion on science, technology, health, space, and the environment. Flatow is also founder and president of The Science Friday Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating radio, TV, and Internet projects that make science “user friendly.” He’s appeared on the Today Show, Oprah, and Charlie Rose, and he’s received numerous awards including the National Science Teachers Association Science Faraday Communicator Award. In 2009 he made a cameo appearance on the popular television show, The Big Bang Theory.

In addition to Flatow, the AHA will be honoring the prolific journalist and activist Gloria Steinem with the 2012 Humanist of the Year award. Other awardees include actor George Takei, best known for his role on the television series Star Trek, and Debra Sweet, national director of the peace organization World Can’t Wait.

The AHA is proud to hold its 71st Annual Conference June 7-10, 2012 in the great city of New Orleans, hosted by the New Orleans Secular Humanist Association (NOSHA). The Sheraton New Orleans is located on historic Canal Street adjacent to the French Quarter, and just a short walk to Bourbon Street, Jazz Fest activities, Riverwalk Marketplace, and numerous renowned restaurants and legendary nightlife.  

Book your room early by calling the Sheraton New Orleans at 888-627-7033 and mention the American Humanist Association to get the special conference rate of $129 a night! Online booking will be available soon.

Online registration will be available in December. For more information, visit

Call for Speakers Now Open

If you are interested in leading a breakout session, speaking on a panel, of if you are an entertainer, send a proposal, outline, complete text, audio, video or web link to Brian Magee at Please include your name and complete contact information with your material. Also indicate your audio visual needs, if any. 

We are particularly interested in sessions that cover gay rights, women’s rights, minority outreach, political issues, human rights, the right-to-die movement, the environment, community issues, humanist activism, international issues, science, and critical thinking.

All program suggestions must be received by November 30, 2011 to provide the planning committee adequate time to review submissions, allot space, and prepare a final agenda. Conference speakers are volunteers who will receive complimentary conference registration (banquet meals not included). If, however, there are special financial requirements that come with your proposal, such as travel or lodging expenses, please indicate.